Tyson Fury has lashed out at Anthony Joshua in relation to the former world heavyweight champion’s disparaging comments about his next opponent.
Fury is set to fight Otto Wallin next month in Las Vegas, a Swedish heavyweight prospect who is a top-five ranked heavyweight according to the WBA.
Although undefeated, Wallin is hardly the pedigree name fans were hoping to see Fury face off against after dispatching Tom Schwarz inside two rounds in June.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Joshua admitted he could not fight ‘lower-tier’ heavyweights after his scintillating rise to the top.
And Fury issued a stinging response, taking aim at Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr – a fight set for December in Saudi Arabia after the Mexican shocked the world and battered AJ in New York.
“What about Andy Ruiz then? Was he a top tier heavyweight when he fought him? He got knocked out by him,” Fury told Behind the Gloves.
“No he wasn’t, that’s the answer to that question. Nobody knew who Andy Ruiz was. He was a two-week replacement opponent.
“People only become somebody by getting an opportunity. This time last year, Andy Ruiz was nobody, absolutely f****** nobody.
“Today he’s heavyweight champion of the world. If he wasn’t given the opportunity on two weeks notice then nobody would know his name.
“He contradicts himself quite a lot actually. AJ, you must think before you speak, you little p****.”
The 29-year-old knows he must beat Ruiz to re-establish himself as the best heavyweight on the planet after his shock loss in his US debut.
And it appears as though watching his rivals chalk up performances has irked the 2012 Olympic gold medallist.
“Fury’s going to fight Otto Wallin, no-one talks about that,” Joshua said.
“I fought Wallin as an amateur. These guys are cream of the crop, they shouldn’t be fighting them type of people…I can’t fight Wallin, don’t think I can ever fight lower-tier heavyweights.”